Interesting that they're putting Michael J. Fox's new show (easily NBC's most high-profile new program and best hope for a hit) at the 9:30 slot on Thursday instead of leading of an hour. Sad to say, it's probably so they can avoid Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men on Thursdays....so, of course, one wonders why NBC wouldn't put Fox's show on a different night with less competition.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Well, I mean, they've done a phenomenal job building the friendship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham as they catch (other) serial killers while Lecter counsels Graham's growing mental illness. Based on how this season has been structured, Hannibal, Graham, and Crawford working together can continue for quite a while even before they discover the real villain in all this is Hannibal himself. And then they can switch it to a Silence of the Lambs type scenario with Hannibal imprisoned and potentially introduce Clarice Starling. That right there is possibly two seasons or more worth of stories.
This seemed like filler to me. There wasn't a whole lot of plot advancement, either. This may be due to the fact that this was the first one I watched in real time, with all gazillion commercials. A disappointing hour for me.